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That was a superb speech by Her Maj
at 20:44 5 Apr 2020

Clever & subtle, appealing to peoples' better natures. Why we must stick to the monarchy for now at least. We haven't had anyone else with that kind of wisdom, experience, understanding, reliability or constancy for about 70 years.
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Blinkin online shoppin - don't expect yr payment to go through at Sains without
at 22:47 31 Mar 2020

massive problems. Tried to amend my order for tomorrow's delivery for an hour, no joy. Rang them, was on hold to get through for 1hr 15mins, eventually got through at 10.30pm - they close at 11pm. Verified by Visa not working & not bank's fault (another 30 mins on hold to speak to them!) - they said nothing wrong w. my cards or their systems, just Sains payment system simply overloaded by volume.

Cleared cookies, cache, browsing history etc. which worked when had same problem placing original order, but didn't help this time. Guy I spoke with after getting through was able to process payment manually.

Needed to add chicken to order as light food for ill dog, on top of everythng else, had to take him to vet this eve. There's a canine virus going round as well apparently! but I'm worried he may have underlying condition as he's elderly & lost quite a bit of weight over past couple of months :(
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Another bit of good news; Mercedes F1 engineers create ventilator alternative
at 23:24 30 Mar 2020

...for Covid_19 patients -

(don't click to play the video in this link, it's only the text that's relevant)

https://www.newsweek.com/mercedes-f1-engineers-ventilator-alternative-coronaviru
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Well this is strange - GTech been told by Govt not to produce ventilators
at 15:03 27 Mar 2020

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18339699.worcesters-gtech-told-not-produce-

Gtech has been told by the government to not produce much-needed ventilators less than a week after getting the go-ahead.
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'The BT network is busy' for 0800 328 1700 Sainsburys priority slot registration
at 10:55 25 Mar 2020

Even if you do get the rare occasional line open, that number is then permanently engaged & you get cut off. Ringback (5) is not available for it. There is no contact form or email address on their website.

A friend who saw my tweet asking them to get in touch with me kindly sent me an alternative number, where after about 15 mins on hold I got through to them & am now on the list. If anyone needs & wants it, just PM me. The guy I spoke with explained that some of their staff are having to self-isolate, hence they're short & system's pretty much crashed.
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Breaking - PM orders pubs, restaurants and gyms to close across the UK
at 17:28 20 Mar 2020

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-pm-orders-pubs-restaurants-and-gyms-to-cl

"Coronavirus: PM orders pubs, restaurants and gyms to close across the UK"
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American 'flu?!
at 12:54 19 Mar 2020

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This looks like potentially really good news -
at 16:55 18 Mar 2020

https://www.livescience.com/flu-drug-could-treat-coronavirus.html?utm_source=not
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Could we institute a new form of National Service?
at 16:36 17 Mar 2020

Given that many people are probably going to lose their jobs in the coming months, students won't be fully able to engage in their f/e, and that there's also going to be a huge need for community help (caring for senior citizens, disabled or sick people, building, increase in home produced foodstuffs (many salad veg imported from Spain eg) - would this be a workable idea?
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First person in US gets experimental coronavirus vaccine
at 14:42 17 Mar 2020

https://www.livescience.com/first-person-coronavirus-vaccine-clinical-trial.html

Remarkably quick. Not sure if first in the whole world?
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If the worst comes to the worst, some might want this in their wallet -
at 14:31 16 Mar 2020



(ignore the 'Shula' bit).
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Question which I've not seen addressed anywhere
at 14:14 15 Mar 2020

Can Covid-19 be transmitted by ingesting it? (on raw veg like salad eg). Would washing the item under cold running water be enough to remove the virus? In fact is the virus as damaging when ingested as when taken into the lungs via coughing or sneezing, given that it's the lungs which the Covid-19 seems to damage most?
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This whole thing highlights the barminess of HS2 doesn't it?
at 09:58 15 Mar 2020

£106 billion latest Govt. figure & always rising, to get Covid-19 from one place to another 30 mins or something faster??!! Hardly a priority, esp when the economy's about to take a downturn anyway. There are other infrastructure projects which are *far* more urgently required - hospitals & NHS most obviously.

Yes a wedge has already been spent, but sometimes it's wiser to cut your losses.

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The real origin of Covid-19 - traced back to Nov. In China
at 15:27 14 Mar 2020

https://www.livescience.com/first-case-coronavirus-found.html?utm_source=notific

My instinctive fear of bats = instincts in good nick!
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If you've been wondering about Covid-19 on incoming post etc. (as I've been) -
at 12:47 12 Mar 2020

https://www.livescience.com/how-long-coronavirus-last-surfaces.html?utm_source=n
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Reasons to be optimistic, non football -
at 21:22 10 Mar 2020

Inspired by Saffer's thread on ITFC!

Nearly at the equinox, it'll eventually stop raining (probably), daffies are coming out, bluebells are only a few weeks away :) and random acts of kindness are still going on out there. Plus -

https://www.livescience.com/universal-flu-vaccine-closer.html?utm_source=notific

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51804294

"Scientists are analysing the unique genetic code of individual samples from infected patients to track how the coronavirus is spreading across the UK.

Each sample of its genetic material, RNA, reveals another step in the chain of infections - who infected whom.

University of Liverpool scientists can also identify other viruses and bacteria in patients' throat swabs.

And this may help explain why some patients with no known underlying health conditions become seriously ill.

"The aim is to find out who is getting sick, what kind of illness they have and why - is it the virus that is causing it, is their immune system over-responding or do they have some kind of super-infection?" chief investigator Prof Calum Semple told BBC News."
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Poogate - haven't laughed so much for weeks
at 22:03 8 Mar 2020

Biggest dump ever on TV, live from Cruffts 🐾 🤣 by Best In Show, on his lap of honour!

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